2006/07/08 - Complex Emergency Response

In April and May 2006, armed confrontation between the police and the national defence force in the world’s youngest state, Timor-Leste, resulted in casualties, the total or partial destruction of more than 3,000 homes, and the displacement of over 150,000 people – equivalent to 15 per cent of Timor-Leste’s population.

Although the international community were planning on phasing out emergency programs in Timor-Leste by the end of 2006, this decision was reversed in because of continued humanitarian needs with the increasing displacement of the population from Dili and rising urban violence.

AAI were the first medical international NGO to respond to the Timor-Leste crisis by sending in a highly experienced Disaster Assessment Response Team (DART) that provided valuable medical assistance to many of the IDP camps and the Dili Ambulance Service.

AAI quickly developed a long term strategic plan for remote areas of Timor-Leste and provided the local healthcare system with capacity building projects. These included supporting outreach medical clinics, training of healthcare workers, and distribution of medical supplies. AAI was also involved in many water, sanitation projects and hygiene and health promotion. AAI was also at the forefront of delivering disaster risk reduction projects to build community resilience.


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